11 Jul

8 Unmissable Exhibitions to Check Out This Summer

Your art fix from Cairo to Marrakesh

Written By Amina Kaabi

Summer is here and as temperatures rise, so does our desire to completely check out and spend long days lounging at the pool. But summer is actually the perfect time to slip in a little culture. Plus galleries always have the best air conditioning.

 

From Cairo’s buzzing Townhouse Gallery, to Marrakech’s Dar Bellaj—the region has a lot to offer when it comes to contemporary art. So, if you’re on holiday in one of these cities, or just looking for something to fill up your day, be sure to squeeze in a little time in between your tanning session and check out these exhibitions.

 

Dubai

 

Made in Tashkeel

 

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Tashkeel is showcasing 35 works by 25 artists from 15 different countries—all of whom have held a relationship with the region and the gallery.

 

Tashkeel, May 3 – August 30

tashkeel.org

 

 

Al Serkal Avenue Summer Program

 

The art centre is gathering Dubai’s leading art collectives to host a series of events through the summer—from Cinema Akil, to Gulf Photo Plus.

 

Al Serkal Avenue, July – September

alserkalavenue.ae

 

 

Amman

 

Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light

 

Inspired by Mahmoud Darwish’s poem, ‘To a Young Poet’, Darat Al Funun invited artists from within Jordan to create works, using various disciplines that reinvent their narratives in the way Darwish’s poem suggest.

 

Darat Al Funun, July 3 –  October 4

daratalfunun.org

 

 

Conversation by Rania Kamal

 

For her first solo exhibition, Palestinian artist Rania Kamal goes to Amman to display her series ‘Conversation’, a result of a 35-day experiment exploring humanity and truth.

 

Nabadart Gallery, June 26 – July 25

nabadartgallery.com

 

 

Cairo

 

What do you mean, here we are?

 

Egypt’s prominent art gallery Townhouse, brings together different artist from all over the globe with works centred around cultural production and artistic practice in unstable socio-political climates

 

Townhouse Gallery, July 6- September 15

mosaicrooms.org

 

 

London

 

Modern Masters and Contemporary Culture from the Arab World

 

For their 10th anniversary, Mosaic Rooms is hosting a series of six exhibitions celebrating the work of Arab and Iranian artists , from the modernist painter Hamed Abdalla, to contemporary artists mona Hatoum and Susan Hefuna.

 

Mosaic Rooms, March 20 – September 14

mosaicrooms.org

 

 

Marrakech

 

Africa is No Island

 

Bringing together the work of 40 different African artists, MACAAl explores the continent’s diverse bodies of work exploring culture.

 

Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, February 27 – August 24

macaal.org

 

 

Femme Gravée

 

Bringing together the work of their resident artists, contemporary art gallery Dar Bellarj celebrating the lost art of tattooing within North Africa’s indigenous populations.

 

Dar Bellarj, December 16 – October 31

darbellarj.com